Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1155
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Private instruction on the interpretation and performance of intermediate piano repertoire and technique.
Course Content

These represent minimum requirements. If the student is more advanced, then repertoire, technique and sight reading will be adjusted to the appropriate level, and the technique of accompanying may also be introduced.

  1. Technique
    • Pentachord exercises
    • Lateral movements with the thumb; scales and arpeggios
    • triads; triads and inversions; dominant seventh and diminished seventh chords
    • Articulations
    • Pedal techniques
  2. Repertoire
    • Preludes
    • Contrapuntal pieces
    • Melodies with accompaniments
    • Elementary sonatina
    • 20th & 21st -century idioms
    • Easy jazz, pop, rock
  3. Practice Methods
    • Analysis of components of pieces
    • Division of practice time
  4. Sight Reading
    • Tonal and non-tonal melodies
    • Simple two-part pieces
    • Melodies with chordal accompaniment
    • Isolated intervals and triads
    • Rhythmic patterns
  5. Introduction to Popular/Jazz Music Chording and Improvisation – at the discretion of the instructor
  6. Performance and Attendance 
  • Students are required to perform in at least one student recital as specified by instructor
  • Students are required to attend all Arts at One concerts 
Methods Of Instruction

The student will receive one hour per week of private instruction for 12 weeks. 

Means of Assessment

Grades will be allotted by the instructor on the basis of weekly progress in the various aspects of the course, and on performance level exhibited over the course of the semester.  The instructor and student will discuss the student's progress and performance level at regular intervals (minimum three times) during the semester, so that the student is aware of his/her current standing and what is expected.  No single evaluation will be worth more than 40% of the final grade (please see Douglas College's evaluation policy).  The following is a sample grade breakdown:

25%   Technical progress
25% Musicianship progress
30% Technical and musical performance level
20% Attitude and effort
100% Total

Up to 10% of the total mark will be deducted for unfulfilled participation. The following explains the grading calculation:

  • 1% is deducted for each absence from the Arts at One concert series.
  • 1% is added for each performance and/or accompaniment. This addition will only offset marks that have been deducted.
Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to interpret and perform keyboard repertoire, demonstrate technical requirements, and sight read at an appropriate level, as outlined in the Course Content.

Textbook Materials

Study material will be selected by the instructor.



Acceptance into the Basic Musicianship Certificate Program


Full time status in the Basic Musicianship Certificate Program and permission of the department Coordinator.



Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1155
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU PMI 101 (2)
College of New Caledonia (CNC) No credit
Columbia College (COLU) No credit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1105 (2)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (1)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1155 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1255 (3) = SFU CA 1XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 140 (1)
University Canada West (UCW) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (1)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 1XX (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual Audition Required

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.